Not Busiest Travel Day, but Busy Enough
Posted December 20, 1996
MORRISVILLE — The holiday travel rush is in full swing at RDU International Airport as thousands leave the Triangle area for holiday destinations elsewhere.
Airport officials say they began Friday with long lines early in the morning, but that most people had prepared for crowds and possible delays and had arrived in plenty of time to make their flights.
The motto of many was 'hurry up and wait' as they tried to find parking spots and get to ticket counters.
Midway Airlines Director Chris Martin says the midweek holiday makes for an early start on travel.
Airlines are urging people to arrive early at the airport and limit their carry-on luggage. While most travelers expect a crunch, they aren't necessarily happy about it. Heath Aldridge says some of the chaos could be avoided.
Even if the ticket-counter lines weren't so long, parking alone would provide reason enough to arrive early. The airport has more than 10,000 parking spaces but they fill up quickly at peak travel times.
Once travellers are parked, though, there are still many lines to be found inside, as Terry Conroy found out the hard way.
Recommended for Friday evening are satellite parking lots from which you can take a shuttle bus to the terminals. There are 1,500 new spots in that lot.